Mexican food can be full of calories and unsuitable for a Slimming World friendly lifestyle. However, my recipe for guacamole, along with some well-chosen dishes, such as chilli, can help you to lose weight as well as enjoying yummy food.
High in syns (14 for a regular-sized one), avocados are typically frowned upon by hardcore Slimming World leaders. But it is vital to remember that they offer many benefits, so although they are high in syns, the positive impact they can have on your health makes it worthwhile. Much better to spend syns on this guacamole recipe than chocolate (perhaps debatable… but certainly from a health perspective). They also contain smaller amounts of other vitamins and minerals.
High in healthy fats, the avocado fruit is often ruled out without considering how nutrient-dense it is. However, with significant amounts of Vitamins B5, B6, B9, C, E and K, and potassium, they offer many benefits.
Avocados contain no cholesterol or sodium. Additionally, they have little saturated fat, which many experts believe is harmful. In fact, avocados can help to naturally lower cholesterol levels. If you are taking medication for high levels of cholesterol, please seek advice from your GP before deciding to stop, even if you are increasing your avocado intake.
Many overweight people have high blood pressure that can put their blood vessels, heart, brain, kidneys and other organs under the excess strain. The levels of potassium found in avocados help to regulate blood pressure levels.
Long-term consumption of avocado has been proven to help eye health for two reasons. Firstly, they help your body absorb antioxidants from other foods, and secondly, they also contain a significant number of antioxidants themselves.
How can I eat guacamole?
Guacamole is actually a very versatile dip or side dish.
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As a dip, it is perfect with tortilla chips, carrot sticks or other crunchy veggies, such as peppers.
As a side, it goes brilliantly with a veggie bean chilli or the meaty version. Consider my sour cream alternative alongside this option. If you have tortilla wraps, you could put leftover chilli into them and add some guacamole and a small helping of grated cheese. Alternatively, you might like to bake a potato and add some chilli to that with guacamole on the side. It just adds another layer of flavour to the meal.
How to tell when avocado is perfect for guacamole
Avocados are notoriously annoying for being under or overripe. When in the supermarket and choosing your avocado, look for less green skin and give it a slight squeeze. If it’s too soft, it is likely overripe. If you struggle to apply pressure, it will need to ripen for a bit longer. A day or two on the windowsill may help.
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An easy tasty guacamole recipe perfect for those on Slimming World
Mash up the avocado using a fork and then mix in the juice of the lime. Add the remaining ingredients, stir gently and then serve immediately.
*Avocados are notoriously annoying for being under or overripe. When in the supermarket and choosing your avocado, look for less green skin and give it a slight squeeze. If it’s too soft, it is likely overripe. If you struggle to apply pressure, it will need to ripen for a bit longer. A day or two on the windowsill may help.
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